Just a couple weeks ago it seemed that the undisputed title bout between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant was imminent then things went cold. The date set was September 18th but that is off the table as we’re already in August with no contracts signed. Canelo and his team have focused on a November date with multiple opponents in mind. GGG and Dmitry Bivol are on top of that list but neither of those gentlemen pose the threat to Canelo like Caleb Plant does. Nor will those fights sell or mean near as much as an undisputed title scrap. So why isn’t the fight made? There a few things keeping the deal from getting done.
Let’s start with Eddie Reynoso who trains Alvarez. He’s been at the forefront of the conversation coming from that camp reiterating that Canelo Alvarez is a free agent who takes it fight by fight. He doesn’t want to get Canelo involved in a two fight deal with PBC that’s not the plan. He wants Canelo to have as much freedom as possible, the opposite of what was going on over at Golden Boy. Then we have PBC’s Al Haymon who handles Caleb Plant, he wants to get Canelo for more than just this fight and that’s just not happening. He’s not signed with PBC, if he wanted a network to control him he could’ve stayed at DAZN.
The other thing that happened was the actual negotiation process. Apparently Caleb Plant didn’t like a few of the stipulations like if he got sick injured before the fight, Canelo would be able to get a replacement for that date. If Canelo was the one who couldn’t compete then Plant would have to wait to fight him at a later date. Caleb Plant needs to understand that he is the B side. Canelo Alvarez is the face of boxing and will move as such. This is an opportunity of a life time for Plant, not only do you get a shot at Canelo Alvarez, but you get a shot to solidify your legacy as an undisputed champion. With talks back on the table let’s hope we can get this super fight in November.